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United Way of Dane County Announces 2015 Board of Directors

United Way of Dane County announced the election of the 2015-2016 Board of Directors during it’s Annual Meeting on February 26, 2015. The board is comprised of community leaders who guide the organization in its efforts to change lives through our community’s Agenda for Change in the areas of Education, Income and Health.

United Way of Dane County’s new board members include: Marcia Anderson, Bankruptcy Clerk, Western District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Court; Julia Arata-Fratta, Supervisor, Wegner CPAs; Bryan W. Chan, Founder & President, SupraNet Communications, Inc.; John Humenik, President & Publisher, Wisconsin State Journal; Robert N. Trunzo, President & CEO, CUNA Mutual Group. Nick Meriggioli, CEO, Johnsonville Sausage was thanked and acknowledged for his leadership as outgoing 2014 Board Chair. Rich Lynch, Chairman, J.H. Findorff & Sons Inc., was selected to serve as United Way of Dane County’s new Chair of the Board. Additional officers for the Board include Darrell Bazzell, Vice Chancellor for Administration, UW-Madison as Vice Chair and Ryan E. Behling, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch as Secretary/Treasurer.

“Our 2015 Board of Directors is committed to improving lives by driving strategic impact through our focus areas of Education, Income and Health,” said Leslie Ann Howard, President & CEO, United Way of Dane County. “They will continue to ensure that money raised and volunteer time recruited by United Way is invested wisely in research-backed strategies that provide measurable results to change lives in our community.”

Retiring Board Members include Kevin Heppner, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause; Doug Nelson, BMO Harris Bank; Kim Sponem, Summit Credit Union; Doug Strub, Meridian Group; and Michael Victorson, M3 Insurance Solutions.

The organization also announced its Campaign Cabinet Chair who will lead United Way of Dane County’s 2015 Community Campaign: Dan Rashke, CEO, TASC.

2015-2016 United Way of Dane County Board of Directors

Marcia M. Anderson Clerk of Court United States Bankruptcy Court
Julia Arata-Fratta Supervisor Wegner CPAs
*Darrell Bazzell Supervisor UW-Madison
*Ryan E. Behling Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch
*Anna Burish Associate Director UBS Financial Services
Bryan W. Chan Founder & President Supranet Communications, Inc.
Dr. Jennifer Cheatham Superintendent Madison Metropolitan School District
Dr. Jack Daniels III President Madison College
Greg Dombrowski President Johnson Bank, Madison
Dan Frazier Madison Market President US Bank
Henry Gaylord High School Student & By Youth
For Youth Representative
East Madison High School
Enid Glenn Director- Bureau of Management Services State Department of Workforce
Henry Gaylord High School Student & By Youth
For Youth Representative
East Madison High School
Brenda Gonzalez Community Marketing & Health Equity Manager Group Health Cooperative of South
Central WI
Fritz Grutzner President Brandgarten, Inc.
Kevin Gundlach President South Central Federation of Labor
*Mike Hamerlik President and Chief Executive Officer WPS Health Insurance
*Leslie Ann Howard President & CEO United Way of Dane County
John Humenik President & Publisher Wisconsin State Journal
Patricia Kampling Chair, President & CEO Alliant Energy
Donna Katen-Bahensky Community Leader  
Sharyl Kato Executive Director The Rainbow Project, Inc.
*Gretchen R. Lowe *Michael Morgan AFSCME Retirees Subchapter 52
*Richard Lynch Chairman J.H. Findorff & Sons Inc.
Karen Menéndez Coller Executive Director Centro Hispano, Inc.
*Nick Meriggioli CEO Johnsonville Sausage
*Deirdre A. Morgan Deputy Secretary Wisconsin Department of Corrections
*Michael Morgan Community Leader  
Barbara Nichols Consultant Barbara Nichols Consulting
Rajesh Rajaraman Vice President Christensen Associates
Dan Rashke CEO TASC
Susan Riseling Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief of Police University of Wisconsin Madison Police Department
Anne E. Ross Managing Partner Foley & Lardner, LLP
*Jack Salzwedel Chairman & Chief Executive Officer American Family Insurance Group
*Dave K. Stark President Stark Company Realtors
Tim J. Sullivan Business Representative SMART Local 565
Karen Timberlake Director UW Population Health Institute
Robert N. Trunzo President & CEO CUNA Mutual Group
*Gary Wolter Chairman, President & CEO Madison Gas and Electric Co.

*Member of the Executive Committee
New members bolded

Jay Sekelsky, from Madison Investment Advisors, was elected to serve as United Way of Dane County’s Foundation’s Chair. Other individuals elected to positions include: Vice Chair- Darrell Behnke, U.S. Bank, and Secretary/Treasurer- Mark Koehl, Wipfli LLP. The Foundation Board is comprised of lead volunteers who guide the organization in advancing the mission of United Way of Dane County, investing in our community’s Agenda for Change and providing opportunities for individuals to extend their own legacy of effective, local philanthropy.

2015 United Way of Dane County Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees

Jay Sekelsky Chair Madison Investment Advisors
Darrell Behnke Vice Chair U.S. Bank
Mark Koehl Secretary/Treasurer Wipfli LLP
Darrell Bazzell Trustee University of Wisconsin-Madison
Holly Cremer Berkenstadt Trustee Community Leader
John Bolz Trustee Community Leader
Barbara Finley Trustee Morgan Stanley
Clayton Frink Trustee The Capital Times
Leslie Ann Howard, Ex Officio Trustee United Way of Dane County
Sherri Kliczak Trustee Retired, National Guardian Life Insurance Co.
Madelyn Leopold Trustee Retired, Boardman & Clark LLP
Rich Lynch, Ex Officio Trustee J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
Norma Madsen Trustee Community Leader
Jim Riordan Trustee Retired, WPS Health Insurance
Frederick Schwartz Trustee Sub-Zero Group, Inc.
Noble Wray Trustee Retired, Madison Police Depart.
John Zimdars Trustee The Zimdars Company, Inc.

Honorary Trustees

Don Anderson Marv Conney Jerry Hiegel
Jeff Levy Jean Manchester Dale Mathwich
Loren Mortenson Thomas G. Ragatz

*New Trustees bolded

Thank You CUNA Mutual Group!

For 35 years and counting, CUNA Mutual Group has been one of the leaders in helping United Way change the human condition in Dane County. Their long term partnership with United Way continues to grow via direct financial contributions, employee participation in leadership roles within United Way, as well as through strong representation in United Way Days of Caring and other initiatives.  This broad commitment has established CUNA Mutual Group as one of the cornerstone corporate partners of United Way.


In 2013, CUNA Mutual Group and its employees donated more than $748,500 to the campaign. They raised the bar again in 2014 by raising more than $833,000. In 2014 CUNA Mutual Group had over 2,000 employees that either gave and/or volunteered during the campaign.

How did CUNA Mutual Group build and maintain this success? It starts with a companywide commitment. CEO, Bob Trunzo is a strong supporter of United Way. He asks for volunteers from his executive staff to champion major employee fundraising campaigns. Jim Power was the CUNA Mutual Group executive sponsor this year. His leadership and that of Keith Schmidt –2014 CUNA Mutual Group Product Management Director and Employee Campaign Manager — was instrumental. Jim Power set an aggressive goal this year, and as an incentive he offered to shave his head if they exceeded that goal. They did. There was a public event to watch. “Because we hit our campaign goals, I had the ‘privilege’ of having my hair buzzed in front of all our employees. We streamed video of the event to all of our office locations. There were lots of laughs – but more importantly, recognition that we achieved our results for the community.”

Keith Schmidt describes his biggest accomplishment in working with United Way of Dane County “has been helping to build the internal team and repeatable processes that drive our annual campaigns at CUNA Mutual Group. I’ve been part of the leadership team for about 5 years now, and we’ve established a strong team, with a mix of campaign vets and new volunteers blending seamlessly together each year to constantly find new ways to do more. Our United Way committee has employees who volunteer to chair different portions of the campaign (i.e. marketing, events, leadership giving, etc.) and dozens of volunteers who work the events, obtain donations for the auction or sell raffle tickets. It truly is a team approach – and it gives employees an opportunity to build leadership skills outside of their traditional roles.  It’s a win for everyone – CUNA Mutual Group, United Way and our community.”

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The CUNA Mutual Group campaign follows all of the “best practices” that are recognized by United Way from their corporate partners, from CEO endorsement, to making the campaign fun and engaging, to following up with a Thank You program. CUNA Mutual Group’s Kaaren Neuendorf (who is a Program Manager for Wealth Management and a CUNA Mutual Group 2014 Loaned Executive to United Way described some of the activity: “We had a leadership luncheon with Rev. Alex Gee as the speaker – the message was so well received people were asking for recordings to share with staff! We had a silent auction. We sold co-worker appreciation items. We had a 50-50 raffle. And new this year was an Oktoberfest luncheon with drawings for all employees. It was a great campaign with great leadership on the part of Jim and Keith.”

Partnering with United Way is also rewarding on a personal level. Kaaren Neuendorf describes her experience in the Loaned Executive program as “one of the most fulfilling experiences in my lifetime. It was an honor to represent my company in this capacity. As a result of the loaned executive program, I feel that I’ve grown personally and professionally and feel more connected to our community.”

CUNA Mutual Group is determined to not only be a part of our community’s change, but to play a major leadership role in it.  Steve Goldberg, CUNA Mutual Group Foundation, Executive Director, described it this way: “We often provide strategic input to our community partners, helping connect the dots in our community. When our local communities need us, CUNA Mutual Group is there. Successful credit unions and employers depend on the success of their larger community. CUNA Mutual Group is proud to support causes that help to strengthen our communities and the lives of the people who live in them. We promote nonprofit program synergy and alignment, with special emphasis on the needs of at-risk youth.” As an example of this, United Way of Dane County has been able to work with the CUNA Mutual Group Foundation on early childhood programs including Welcome Baby, Parent-Child Home and Play and Learn.


United Way of Dane County President and CEO Leslie Ann Howard said, “It is because of the dedication of leaders and employees at CUNA Mutual Group that we are able to successfully strengthen our community year after year. Thanks to their incredible generosity and the power of their employees’ community investment and volunteerism, we will continue to deliver measurable results in the areas of Education, Income and  Health. We are beyond thankful for all the support and commitment CUNA Mutual Group has contributed over the years. Their dedication to making a change in the community does not go unnoticed, and for that we are truly grateful. Thank you CUNA Mutual Group!”